A gathering of grief: crime survivors speak out
A gathering of grief, people impacted by crime. Too many of them still mourning the loss of loved ones to violence, came Monday to listen to words of encouragement.
“I received a wake-up call from my mom that morning, expecting to hear 'Happy Thanksgiving,'” recounted Michael Sharbarth, after losing his big sister Cathy to violent crime.
They also came Monday to speak out.
“It's just been tough. I think the hardest part has been accepting the fact my sister is gone and I'll never be able to talk to her again.”
Cathy was killed Thanksgiving Day, her birthday, 2011. Michael courageously spoke of life after Cathy's death.
“It's our job as family members, as citizens, to know that this is an on-going problem in society.”
Joe Rome is about to observe an anguishing anniversary this weekend – that of the murder of his daughter Jennifer, 14 years ago.
“I have found my smile back, I have found compassion in my heart toward other people, and I try to share that.”
Federal and local law agencies – including the County Sheriff's office, including the Police Chief of San Diego and Bonnie Dumanis, the District Attorney – were in attendance to show survivors of crime, family members, and those who continue to mourn and feel the pain of loss through violent crime that support is there. Help is there, and the community is reaching out to the people that still suffer. This is the 25th year the event has taken place.